Darkrai (Pokémon)

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ダークライ Darkrai
Artwork from Diamond/Pearl
Dark '
Pitch-Black Pokémon
Bad Dreams
Exp. at Lv. 100
Regional Pokédex numbers
Not in any regional Pokédex
Regional Browser numbers
1.5 m
111.3 lbs.
50.5 kg
Dex color
Catch rate
3 (0.4%)
Body style
Gender ratio
Undiscovered group 1 cycles*
(255 minimum steps)
EV yield
Base Exp.: 210 Battle Exp.: 2101*

Darkrai (Japanese: ダークライ Darkrai) is a Template:Type2 Legendary Pokémon of Generation IV.



Darkrai is a black, ghostly creature. It has a small black head with a white substance erupting from its head covering one of its bright blue eyes, and also has a red growth around its neck. It has skinny arms and long black tatters hang from its shoulders. It has an hourglass figure and appears to be wearing an old, ripped cloak. It normally doesn't have any sort of legs, but it is able to extend stilt-like appendages in their place.

File:DarkraiMovie DarkVoid.JPG
Darkrai preparing a Dark Void attack

Gender differences

Darkrai is genderless.

Special abilities

Darkrai can trap people in nightmares. It can become a shadow to move quickly, but it is still susceptible to damage in this state. It is also capable of human speech.

Darkrai is the only known Pokémon that learns Dark Void.


This Pokémon "inhabits" people's dreams and causes them to have unending nightmares. However, in the 10th movie, Darkrai sacrificed itself to save the city, meaning that perhaps Darkrai has some good in it after all.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 2, however, portrays a Darkrai with a much more evil character, who wants a world enshrouded in darkness, going to the edge of almost destroying time and space to accomplish that. However, after defeating Darkrai and wiping its memories, it can be recruited later in Mystifying Forest if the player has a certain item in the treasure bag.


Whilst Darkrai isn't nesting in the dreams of humans, it lingers around a lost island called Newmoon Island.


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Possibly dreams, characterized by its association with never-ending nightmares and the ability to learn the move Dream Eater.

In the anime

Darkrai co-starred in The Rise of Darkrai as one of the protagonists, taking the task of ceasing the fighting between Dialga and Palkia upon itself. In the movie, Darkrai feels that Alice is trustworthy, whose grandmother Alicia assisted Darkrai when it was injured. Darkrai even went so far as to save Alice after she fell off a crumbling cliff.

In the manga

In the TCG

Main article: Darkrai (TCG)

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Darkrai was featured as one of the Poké Ball Pokémon in the Super Smash Bros. Brawl demo at Whobby 2008. However, it was later cut from the final version, appearing as a trophy instead.

Game data

NPC appearances

  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 2: Darkrai is revealed to be the main antagonist of the game in the post-game story. He wants to cover the world in darkness, and was behind the collapse of the Temporal Tower in the main storyline of the game. His interference is also the reason the player was separated from Grovyle and turned into a Pokémon. In the post-game story, he turns his attention to distorting the fabric of space to cover the world in darkness.

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation I
Red {{{redbluedex}}}
Yellow {{{yellowdex}}}
Stadium {{{stadiumdex}}}
Generation II
Gold {{{golddex}}}
Silver {{{silverdex}}}
Crystal {{{crystaldex}}}
Stadium 2 Unknown
Generation III
Ruby {{{rubydex}}}
Sapphire {{{sapphiredex}}}
Emerald {{{emeralddex}}}
FireRed {{{firereddex}}}
LeafGreen {{{leafgreendex}}}
Generation IV
Diamond It can lull people to sleep and make them dream. It is active during nights of the new moon.
Pearl Folklore has it that on moonless nights, this Pokémon will make people see horrific nightmares.
Platinum {{{platinumdex}}}
HeartGold {{{heartgolddex}}}
SoulSilver {{{soulsilverdex}}}
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation I
Red Blue
None Trade
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
None Trade
Generation II
Gold Silver
None Trade
None Trade
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
None Trade
None Trade
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
One Newmoon Island (requires Member Card)
None Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Trade
Pal Park
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
Generation VI
None Trade

In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 2 Mystifying Forest (13F)
Crevice Cave (B2F)
Miracle Sea (B3F)
Mt. Travail (B17F)
Sky Rift (B14F)
Pokémon Ranger Batonnage Asoheru Tower (during mission)

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 70
130 - 177 250 - 344
Attack: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Defense: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Sp.Atk: 135
126 - 205 247 - 405
Sp.Def: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Speed: 125
117 - 194 229 - 383
Total: 600   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.

Type effectiveness

Template:DP type effectiveness

If Miracle Eye is used, the effectiveness of Psychic becomes 1×.


By leveling up

Generation IV
Lv. Move Type Cat.
Start Disable Normal Status
Night Shade Ghost Special
11 Quick Attack Normal Physical
20 Hypnosis Psychic Status
29 Pursuit Dark Physical
38 Nightmare Ghost Status
47 Double Team Normal Status
57 Haze Ice Status
66 Dark Void Dark Status
75 Embargo Dark Status
84 Dream Eater Psychic Special
93 Dark Pulse Dark Special


Generation IV
# Move Type Cat.
TM01 Focus Punch Fighting Physical
TM04 Calm Mind Psychic Status
TM06 Toxic Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status
TM12 Taunt Dark Status
TM13 Ice Beam Ice Special
TM14 Blizzard Ice Special
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special
TM17 Protect Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance Water Status
TM21 Frustration Normal Physical
TM24 Thunderbolt Electric Special
TM25 Thunder Electric Special
TM27 Return Normal Physical
TM29 Psychic Psychic Special
TM30 Shadow Ball Ghost Special
TM31 Brick Break Fighting Physical
TM32 Double Team Normal Status
TM34 Shock Wave Electric Special
TM36 Sludge Bomb Poison Special
TM39 Rock Tomb Rock Physical
TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical
TM41 Torment Dark Status
TM42 Facade Normal Physical
TM43 Secret Power Normal Physical
TM44 Rest Psychic Status
TM46 Thief Dark Physical
TM49 Snatch Dark Status
TM52 Focus Blast Fighting Special
TM56 Fling Dark Physical
TM57 Charge Beam Electric Special
TM58 Endure Normal Status
TM60 Drain Punch Fighting Physical
TM61 Will-O-Wisp Fire Status
TM63 Embargo Dark Status
TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical
TM66 Payback Dark Physical
TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical
TM70 Flash Normal Status
TM73 Thunder Wave Electric Status
TM75 Swords Dance Normal Status
TM77 Psych Up Normal Status
TM79 Dark Pulse Dark Special
TM80 Rock Slide Rock Physical
TM81 X-Scissor Bug Physical
TM82 Sleep Talk Normal Status
TM83 Natural Gift Normal Physical
TM84 Poison Jab Poison Physical
TM85 Dream Eater Psychic Special
TM87 Swagger Normal Status
TM90 Substitute Normal Status
HM01 Cut Normal Physical
HM04 Strength Normal Physical
HM06 Rock Smash Fighting Physical
HM08 Rock Climb Normal Physical

Promotional moves

Darkrai was given out via Mystery Gift in Japan to celebrate the release of Movie 10. This Darkrai came with the moves Spacial Rend and Roar of Time.

Side game data

Template:Side game


Template:EvoChart Box


Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation I.
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation II.
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation III.
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 491.png Spr 4p 491.png Spr 4p 491.png Spr b 4d 491.png
Spr 4d 491 s.png Spr 4p 491 s.png Spr 4p 491 s.png Spr b 4d 491 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 491.png Spr 5b 491.png Spr b 5b 491.png
Spr 5b 491 s.png Spr 5b 491 s.png Spr b 5b 491 s.png
Darkrai For other sprites and images, please see Darkrai images on Bulbagarden Archives.


File:Movie 10 NA Darkrai.JPG
Darkrai appears on Pokemon.com
  • Darkrai was officially revealed to Japan in the March 2007 edition of Coro Coro and to America on January 25th 2008, on Pokémon.com.
  • Darkrai is the first Dark-type legendary Pokémon. This is also the first event legendary Pokémon of Generation IV, which can only be received during a Pokémon event or a Nintendo event. However in the Japanese version of Diamond and Pearl, it can be caught through the Surf glitch.
  • Despite being classified as a pure Dark-type, Darkrai displays a lot of Ghost-like traits.
  • Whilst in the tenth movie Darkrai is portrayed as a hero, in the games it's the only Pokémon truly portrayed as evil, in a sense.
  • Cheaters can reach Darkrai by using the infamous walk anywhere cheat. If they start at Fullmoon Island and walk across the water to the right, they will reach Newmoon Island. Between these islands is the Mystery Zone. From the island, they can simply take a boat back to Canalave City.
  • The boy of the sailor who owns the boat that normally goes to Iron Island says "Dar... Dark... Is watching me..." He probably means Darkrai, as it is known to give its victims horrific nightmares.
    • If Darkrai was the cause of the sailor's son's nightmares, it can be assumed Darkrai is aware that the player cured the boy using Cresselia's Lunar Wing: When the player takes the Member's Card to the Canalave Inn, the innkeeper (presumably a shade of Darkrai) states that he has been waiting for the player's arrival. The player then falls asleep at the inn, only to 'awaken' at an abandoned Newmoon Island, where Darkrai must be caught or defeated in order for the player to awaken from their nightmare and 'return' to the inn.
  • There was an event giving away Darkrai through Mystery Gift that was held at participating theaters in Japan when Movie 10 was first released. This special edition Darkrai was contained in a Cherish Ball, with the OT of えいがかん Movie Theatre and an ID No. of 07147. It was also holding an Enigma and had the normally unobtainable moves Roar of Time and Spacial Rend.


Darkrai's appearance suggests it is based on the concept of nightmares. It also resembles a shadow.

Name origin

Darkrai's name is a combination of the word dark and the Japanese word for "dark" (暗いkurai).

In other languages

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